Brock’s CCOVI set to host 10th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Years in the making, the highly anticipated 2022 edition of the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) is quickly approaching.

Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) will welcome delegates from around the world to the conference, which is taking place in Canada for the first time from July 17 to 21.

The ICCWS 2022 will feature leading scholars in cool climate grape and wine research, who will bring their unrivalled knowledge and expertise to the symposium.

The wide range of programming will serve to examine how adversity drives innovation to achieve success across the entire value chain of the grape and wine industry.

CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis said the institute has worked alongside industry partners and stakeholders to develop a world-class conference with an array of compelling programming, from engaging keynote sessions to poster presentations and workshops.

“The ICCWS 2022 will give the foremost experts in viticulture, oenology, wine business, sustainability and science communications the chance to share their cutting-edge research findings,” she said. “We look forward to making connections with delegates who are influential in the global wine market and will advance our knowledge base forward.”

The conference programming is rooted in four pillars: Innovations and Adaptations in Viticulture; Oenological Challenges and Solutions; The Business of Winery Sustainability: People, Place and Finance; and Science Communication.

Delegates will come together each morning for the keynote sessions, which are open to everyone attending the ICCWS 2022. This year’s keynote speakers include:

  • ICCWS keynote speaker Monika Christmann of Hochschule Geisenheim University
  • Viticulture keynote speaker Elizabeth Wolkovich of the University of British Columbia
  • Oenology keynote speaker Kerry Wilkinson of the University of Adelaide
  • Wine business keynote speakers Miguel A. Torres of Familia Torres and Donald Ziraldo of Ziraldo Wines
  • Science communication keynote speaker Kimberly Nicholas of Lund University

Breakout sessions will be held throughout the main conference programming to offer unique hands-on learning and networking opportunities. The sessions will align with the main conference themes and provide opportunities for debate, discussion and tastings to round out the ICCWS 2022 experience.

Delegates also have the opportunity to explore all the Niagara region has to offer with optional vineyard and winery visits, in addition to evening networking events and dinners taking place over the five-day event.

Additionally, a trade show featuring exhibitors from both the research community and across the grape and wine industry will take place during the symposium.

Those interested in attending the ICCWS 2022 still have time to register. To view the full schedule and register, visit

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